30 Gifts Travelers Actually Want | 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve done a lot of traveling in the last few years, and along the way I’ve acquired things that made life on the road feel luxurious, and things that got thrown away in the hostel dumpster. However, most of 2017 has been spent trying to get settled into a home, and every travel-related item around me is a reminder of my incredible adventures. I love it. This list of gifts travelers actually want was crafted with both nomads and recently-settled-down travelers in mind.

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30 Gifts Travelers Actually Want: A 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

 

For the part-traveler, part-homebody…

Handmade Art Inspired By Travel

The second I landed on this UK-based Etsy shop, I knew what I wanted for Christmas! Mel Smith Designs is a shop full of affordable handmade art, tea towels, coasters, and more – all inspired by traveling and maps. Shop owner Mel loves to travel herself, and that passion for adventure is so clear in her work. Here are a few things I know travelers will love!

Wall Art

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Illustrations of sites around the world, like this one of Edinburgh Castle. [$16-24]

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A custom map to commemorate a significant trip, complete with names, year and all the places they got to see. [$115-128]

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A wanderlust-inspired illustration like this one that reads “climb every mountain”. [$16]

Tea Towels

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I’ve got my eyes on these unique tea towels! They’re so vibrant and reviewers say they keep their color after washing. [$14]

Coasters

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At under $5 a piece, these hand-designed coasters provide a great opportunity to mix-and-match designs and destinations. [$4.73 each, $14.86 for set of 4]

 

Scratch-Off World Map

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There are SO many scratch-off world maps on the market now, which is totally paralyzing to me. I had the opportunity to test this one, and I’m obsessed! As a geography nerd, I love that scratching away reveals country flags, and that the US states scratch off individually. [$27]

Watch my unboxing and review of this map in video form HERE!

Get 10% off with code GOGOUMAP

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Compact Photo Printer

I’ve taken so many photos on my travels, and most of them live in a digital world. This compact photo printer is a super easy way to get your photos printed and displayed in your home! [$128]

 

Global Snack Box

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One of the best things about travel is tasting new food. These Try The World boxes are subscription boxes for unique snacks and new ingredients, featuring a different country every month, or you can buy them one at a time. I’ve never tried it personally, but it’s something I’ve been interested in for a while. [$39]

 

Wanderlust-Inspiring Books

Just because you aren’t currently traveling doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a dream world lived vicariously through other people’s travels.

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I absolutely loved and devoured Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Personally, I can’t see a man relating to this story as meaningfully as a woman, so I would recommend you gift this to your travel-loving female friends.

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Everyone should read The Alchemist. It’s fast, adventurous, full of wisdom, and applicable at any stage of life.

 

Travel Fund Piggy Bank

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I could easily see this incorporated into our home decor alongside all our maps and travel memorabilia. Plus, it would give us a place to keep spare change so my husband doesn’t leave it all over the house… [$12]

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Even though piggy banks seem like a concept for kids, I’ve heard stories of people saving hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars by collecting change and small bills over time. [$15]

 

Air BnB Magazine Subscription

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Just when you thought print magazines were dead, one of the most on-trend companies comes out with one! These mags look so well-made and full of great content. [$3.99 each or 6 for $15]

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Photo Printing Service

I saw this video on a popular travel Youtube channel and fell in love with all the products she got from this company called Cheerz! They print your travel photos in a variety of sizes, in a photobook, and on a ton of other unique items.

Get 20% off with code PSYCHOTRAVELLERS

 

For the Nomad…

Global Entry Clearance

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The bane of a traveler’s existence is waiting. Global Entry Clearance is basically a way of registering yourself as a trusted global traveler, and as your reward you get to skip a lot of lines. This is the only gift on this list that the receiver will have to work for after getting it, but a $100 check made out to the CBP and application instructions wrapped up for your travel-loving friend will mean a lot. [$100]

 

A Legitimately Nice Power Bank

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Everything with travel seems like its being transitioned to apps, from plane tickets to hotel reservations, so my phone is always dying while I travel. Power banks save the day! This one holds a ton of charge, does the job fast, and won’t break after 6 months like all the dirt cheap ones do. [$40]

 

Practical Accessories

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OK, OK, I know compasses aren’t a modern travel gadget, but they can be damn useful when you get lost in a new city. This working compass necklace is really similar to one I relied on while exploring China. [$13]

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Touchscreen gloves are essential for a modern traveler. I know this because I don’t have them, and I feel their absence when it’s freezing cold and I have to take off a glove to find out where I am. [$38]

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This scarf has a hidden pocket perfect for carrying a concealed passport, hotel key, or cash. [$13-30]

 

Virtual Private Network

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When traveling, the internet is like your gateway to everything familiar. But one thing I discovered on my travels is that not all countries allow me to access my favorite content. A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allows travelers to access the internet as if they were in their home country. It’s also a helluva lot more secure than using the internet without VPN. I used ExpressVPN for an entire year and loved it! [$8-13 per month]

 

Kindle or Book Credits

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I love reading books the old-fashioned way, but when I travel, the Kindle is way more practical. [$49]

If you think they would rather keep it to one device and read books on their phone, send them a link to the free Kindle app along with a gift card or a subscription to Kindle Unlimited!

 

GorillaPod

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Forget selfie sticks – this flexible tripod can get you any shot you imagine. Also, it’s compatible with tons of different kinds of cameras (I can confirm it works with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and GoPros). [$42]

 

Wireless Earbuds

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Wireless earbuds are SO much easier to deal with than a tangled mess of wire, and these have really awesome Amazon reviews. [$30]

 

Cozy Phones

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Have you ever tried to fall asleep with music on but couldn’t bear the feeling of your headphones while laying down? Cozy Phones are the solution to the problem. I could easily imagine myself using these on long-haul flights and in noisy hostels. [$19]

 

A Better Travel Adapter

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I bought the cheapest travel adapter Amazon had to offer, and it worked, but one day it started melting… in the socket. A nice travel adapter is necessary. [$15]

 

Travel Fitness Kit

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It can be really hard to figure out what to do and where to go for a good workout while traveling, but a travel-size fitness kit means you can turn your hotel room into a temporary gym. [$40]

 

Better Packing Containers

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I’m a packing cube convert. After moving 4 times in the past 5 years, including internationally, I know what travel containers are actually helpful and which ones aren’t at all. I want this set of 4 packing cubes myself.  [$20]

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A hanging toiletry bag like this is invaluable in a cramped bathroom, which seems to be the norm while traveling. They come in a ton of different colors and patterns, too, so it’s fun to pick out. [$13]

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Occasionally  I mix clean and dirty clothes in the same suitcase and this bag would probably convince me to stop that disgusting behavior. [$22]

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I used a tote bag very similar to this one all the time when I was living in China. It collapses into itself so it fits easily in your purse, and if you need an extra bag you can unfurl it and voila – a tote bag. [$20]

 

Travel Journal

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“No-one has ever seen this place in the same way you’re seeing it right now, right here, in this moment.” As an advocate for mental health issues, and a traveler, I think this mindful travel journal is an awesome way to appreciate and commemorate adventures. [$14]

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This might be the classiest travel journal I’ve ever seen. With the ability to personalize, this leather-bound option feels like a keepsake a traveler would cherish forever. [$63]

 

Happy travels, and happy holidays everyone! I’ll talk to you soon,

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